And since Take-Two removed the YouTube upload, citing copyright, it’s no wonder we have to take the issue seriously.
First, let’s start with the video, which we’ve nicely downloaded (so Take-Two can do us a favour). You can download the 53-minute-long video here because this time, we wish the publisher good luck deleting the footage of Grand Theft Auto VI (seemingly set in Vice City, too) from our hard drives, which was allegedly leaked by the same person who recently hacked Uber. No kidding: he published approximately 10,000 lines of the game’s source code.
That’s already insane, but Jason Schreier, writing for Bloomberg, confirmed the leaks’ credibility on Twitter: “Not that there was much doubt, but I’ve confirmed with Rockstar sources that this weekend’s massive Grand Theft Auto VI leak is indeed real. The footage is early and unfinished, of course. It is one of the biggest leaks in video game history and a nightmare for Rockstar Games. There are several reasons this is a nightmare for Rockstar. One is that it’ll disrupt work for a while. Another is that it may lead management to limit work-from-home flexibility. The repercussions of this leak might not be clear for quite a while.”
The hacker edited his post on GTA Forums: “OK, so this has gone unexpectedly viral, woke up to 3000 Telegram DM’s. If you are an employee of Rockstar or Take-Two and you’re trying to contact me, send me a message containing 22559219889638875756 on Telegram, or you can email me at [email protected] ** from your corporate email address ** I will try to read all these replies soon – I am looking to negotiate a deal.”
It means that the leaker could release more of the early version of Grand Theft Auto VI (it might not be released until 2025, and now it’s not out of the question that it could even be 2026) unless he gets a decent amount of money. And with Take-Two making a killing on Grand Theft Auto Online, there’s money to pay for it…